Candle Review: Home for the Holidays, Yankee Candle Company

Yankee Candle, Home for The Holidays
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Review Summary:

A warm, cozy scent that smells of spicy cider and a fresh Christmas tree.

Home for The Holidays is one of the returning holiday fragrances at Yankee Candle Company. I recently burned their large apothecary style candle jar in this scent. It was a very festive candle, with a bright Christmas red color for the wax and a cute Christmas scene on the label. The label depicted a decked out Christmas tree with mounds of presents surrouding it – some opened, some not. There was a picture of an empty rocking chair in the far background and a roaring fire. Holiday time, indeed!

The holiday spices of cinnamon and clove, mixed with earthy cedarwood and balsam.

The cold sniff on this candle was a bit spicy – it smelled mostly of cinnamon with hints of pine. I lit this candle and left it initially in my powder room…a relatively small room and my usual “testing spot.” When I checked on this candle about an hour later (I know YC candles to have a slow burn), I was welcomed by a warm, soothing scent. The spices were present but now it appeared they were enveloped with yummy apple cider. That wasn’t the end of it, though. I could smell the scent of a fresh Christmas tree intermingling with the spices and the cider. This is the smell I want my home to smell like at Christmastime! yankee-candle-home-for-the-holidays

The scent throw was moderately strong. I could smell it in the powder room and it was enough to fill that space. When I moved the candle to larger rooms, it didn’t fare as well. The candle burn was typical for a Yankee Candle – it was a super slow burn and it took a while for a full wax melt pool to form. The candle flame remained steady throughout and it would grow pretty tall when it was time to trim the wick (about every 4 hours). I didn’t notice any black sooting, which was a plus. The candle remained well fragrance throughout its lifespan.

Overall, a great candle scent that I wish was just a bit stronger.

Happy candle burning ~


Author: Andrea

Andrea is the voice behind Candle Scoop. She is a long-standing member of Candlefind and loves all things scented. While she enjoys scents across the spectrum, she is a die-hard bakery and fresh-scent fan. She enjoys rooting out bargains and candle discounts, but she won't hesitate to pamper herself with a luxury brand. When not writing or talking about candles, she enjoys spectator sports and playing with her pups. Andrea would love to hear from you, so don't hesitate to contact!

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  1. I melted the tart in this exact same scent! I really liked it! However, like you I would have really liked the scent throw to have been stronger. Recently I am finding YC to be hit or miss in scent throw strength. In the past EVERYTHING was STRONG. Now, it’s hit or miss. I am still a true fan of YC and enjoy many of their pretty accessories and love all most all of their scents!

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    • I agree, Carolyn. I keep trying because when I do find a great one, it’s usually fantastic! But the quality overall is not the same anymore.

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  2. Home for the Holidays is one of my all-time favorites! The blend of spices with the cedarwood and balsam is beautiful and so homey/festive!

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    • This was a great scent for me to try, Christy. I’ll be on the lookout for it every year now!

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